Can you catch shad with lures or bait? I always catch them with a cast net, and I have heard that they only eat vegetation.
That happens here,too.get up in slow waterwith weeds or grass,stuff usually above water.Shad need to swim or die,so they don,t fight current.Lastyear,I found them outside creeks in flood water.Hope this helps.Where do you guys catch these shad when the water is up? We have a creek here in Mo. that has tons of shad when the water is running normal but when it is up they all disappear! Last time out I threw my net 50 times and caught only a couple..couldn't find them anywhere!